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SoCal Edison Kern County customers could experience outages

Posted at 5:50 AM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 08:50:10-04

Southern California Edison says it may need to cut power to roughly 142,000 customers because of potential wildfire danger.

The potentially affected areas include Kern County.

"Our fuels are certainly dry and receptive to fire and so we're certainly concerned about the high wildfire potential," said fire scientist Tom Rolinski.

Customers with updated contact information will be notified well ahead of time of any planned outages. The utility will also be rolling out charging vehicles, where people can charge items such as their phones or medical devices.

"If the wind conditions are severe enough, you see branches flying around or breaking off of trees, those are the conditions that are going to drive us to make the ultimate decision to shut the power off," said the utility's Don Daigler.

For a full list of the cities that may be affected, click here.

Pacific Gas & Electric is planning on shutting off power to more than 800,000 customers 34 Northern and Central California counties, including Kern.